Ieva, Marketing Intern

Marketing Intern 2014
I am Ieva (Eva) and I just finished my internship in Bristol, that I got through the help of ESPA.
I had spent 6 months in the placement, but I still remember how hard it was to find it initially. It was July 2013, and after several months of searching I still had not found anything, but the internship was supposed to start in a months time. Everybody is struggling at first and it is never easy, especially for foreigners without the skills of “useful” languages. Latvian language might be beautiful, but you will agree with me, that the population of 2 million is probably not enough. Anyhow – with the help of Colin I got there, and it was a great experience!
I was a business development / marketing intern, in a company who are wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers of a wide variety of products in mainly agricultural and building categories, operating in 11 branches throughout the UK. I worked with finding new opportunities customer and market – wise, also worked with various sets of data, analysing them: I would even say, that the most important thing for a person in my position was Excel skills. Everything else could be learned and improved on the spot (also with Excel you don’t have to be an expert, but general knowledge is a MUST). Additionally, I would say that perfect English language is not as important as it might seem in the first place, so I would encourage people not to be shy and try to apply anyway – working in the environment is probably one of the best ways of improving the language!
This experience was so good, not only because of the company being very supportive and providing a great learning environment, but also thanks to Colin and ESPA. Especially initially, with finding a place to stay, sorting out paperwork with the university and Erasmus scholarship, it can be quite mind boggling, when done for the first time. ESPA supported me all the way, he came to visit me and we stayed in touch throughout the placement, to make sure all is doing fine not only in the company but also with the landlord. I very much enjoyed this personal touch, and I have no doubt ESPA truly cares for all the students they work with, from the beginning till the end.
All in all, I would like to say a huge thank you to ESPA for helping me first of all find, and also enjoy this opportunity! I would just like to leave you with these thoughts: be brave, celebrate change and come and do your internship in the UK with ESPA!